Town, Village of Lancaster Police Blotter
DWAI by Drugs
At 3:25 p.m., patrol was dispatched to a complaint of a Property Damage Only (PDO) accident at William at Aurora streets. Upon arrival, patrol spoke with both parties, Amy C. Farruggio, 36, of Lancaster and a Holland resident, who both stated that the resident was operating a 2009 Honda Suburban east on William Street stopped at the red light at Aurora Street, when Farruggio operating a 2007 Ford Focus, and also driving east on William Street, made a left turn onto Aurora Street and while doing so, struck the resident’s side taillight with her passenger side mirror.
While speaking with Farruggio, glassy eyes, impaired speech, and impaired motor coordination were all immediately noticeable. After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests, Farruggio was arrested for operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs and moving from lane unsafely.
She is scheduled to appear in town court Aug. 21.
Driving While Intoxicated (Felony)
At 10:07 p.m., patrol observed a black Yamaha motorcycle traveling north on Transit Road near French Road at 70 MPH in a 30 MPH zone and also change lanes twice without signaling. Patrol initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of Don’s Welding on Transit Road.
During a conversation with the operator, James P. Stewart, 30, of Lancaster, glassy eyes, impaired speech, impaired motor coordination and the odor of an alcoholic beverage were all immediately noticeable. After the performance and failure of several field sobriety tests and a positive Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) screen, Stewart was arrested for illegally signaling from a parked position, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, DWI: two previous convictions designated offenses within in 10 years, speed violation, and use lease/rented/loaned vehicle without interlock device.
Stewart was arraigned by Judge Willis in the Village of Depew Court and was held in the Erie County Holding Center until bail could be set by a superior court judge. He was scheduled to return to Depew Court on Monday for felony hearing.
Unauthorized Use of Vehicle
At 9:34 a.m., a Depew resident responded to the station to report his vehicle, 1997 Lincoln Continent, was taken from the roadway in front a Cotton Street residence. The vehicle was last seen in front of the residence at approximately 2 a.m.
The resident stated the vehicle was left unlocked with a set of keys in the center console of the vehicle. The vehicle also has a non-operational driver side window that will not go more than half way down. The resident did not have any suspects at the time of report. An attempt to locate was sent out over All County Chat and NYSPIN.
Patrol was dispatched to a Broadway business for a report of larceny of copper downspouts. Upon arrival, patrol spoke with the complainant who stated that between 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 and 1:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, an unknown subject (s) removed four copper downspouts that were approximately 12 feet in length from the building.
The complainant stated that at 1 p.m. Aug. 8, he was sitting in his vehicle in the rear parking lot eating his lunch when a newer style Dodge Caravan pulled into the driveway of the practice and parked near the front sidewalk along Broadway.
A white male described as mid-30s, medium build, approximately six feet tall, wearing blue shorts and a white T-shirt exited the vehicle and ran across the front yard. The subject then came back to the vehicle, pulled into the rear parking lot, drove across the rear building, stopped briefly then drove back out of the driveway, and headed west on Broadway.
The complainant stated he felt the subject was possibly casing the building and further described the vehicle as having newer Empire yellow plates and that there was a white spiral decal on the rear window of tailgate on passenger side.
The complainant stated he would prosecute and could identify the vehicle, but was unsure about the subject. The total of property stolen was listed at $800.
Driving While Intoxicated (Felony)
At 2:15 a.m., patrol was stationary at Como Park Boulevard and Aurora Street in the parking lot of the southwest side of the intersection when patrol observed a 2010 Harley motorcycle and 2007 Harley motorcycle traveling west on Como Park Boulevard.
The two motorcycles came to a stop at the intersection then proceeded through the intersection in an unsafe manner and at a high rate of speed. Patrol activated emergency lights and the driver of the 2007 Harley pulled into 1912 Como Park Boulevard. The subject was informed to stay on the motorcycle and not to leave.
At that time, patrol radioed for additional cars due to the fact that the second motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed. Patrol pursued the motorcycle, which came to a stop at Como Park at Miller Street. The driver was the motorcycle was identified as Brian K. Bauman of West Seneca.
Upon speaking with Bauman, patrol noticed he did display obvious signs of intoxication. Bauman had glassy eyes, slurred speech, impaired motor coordination and the odor of alcoholic emitting from his breath. Bauman was given field sobriety tests and refused to take screening test on the scene.
Bauman was placed under arrest for DWI. While performing a pat frisk of Bauman, a metal smoking pipe was located in his front pocket which contained marijuana and a marijuana cigarette was later located in a pack of cigarettes on Bauman’s motorcycle.
Bauman was taken into custody without incident and transported to the station. At the station, patrol discovered two white pills with the imprint “M367” located in the front right change pocket of Bauman’s jeans. These pills were identified as Loritab, which is a schedule III narcotic.
Bauman was charged with controlled substances in non original container, unsafe movement of stopped motor vehicle, unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, DWI: previous conviction designated offense within 10 years, speed not reasonable and prudent, and refusal to take breath test. Vehicle charges are pending on the other driver.